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RV Camping
updated: Aug 10, 2011, 8:45 AM

My husband and I are discussing purchasing a trailer for summer recreation with our young son. His argument against is that any place close, has too much concrete and 3 AM drunken debauchery such that we really won't "get away from it all". What are fellow EdHatters' favorite pics for RV spots that are appropriate for young families and have more greenery than asphalt?

Places People Are Talking About:

Biddle ParkBig Sycamore CanyonEl Capitan State Beach
Lake CachumaLake CasitasLopez Lake
RefugioThe Santa Ynez RiverVilla de San Miguel

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 202389 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 08:56 AM

refugio, sweetwater reservoir in san diego, julian in san diego,


 COMMENT 202392 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 09:00 AM

We LOVE El Capitan State Beach. San Simeon SB is really nice too. The first year we had our trailer we stayed at every State Beach from San Simeon to Carp. and kept a journal of the best spots that offer the best "get away from it allness" Ahhh and parking along the Rincon is amazing; a little dangerous with the highway right behind you and yes, lots of concrete behind you ... but lots of ocean in front.


 COMMENT 202393 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 09:01 AM

Big Sycamore Canyon, part of Pt. Magu State Park, especially the dead end finger of campsites, towards the left as you drive into the park.


 COMMENT 202396 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 09:12 AM

We recently stayed at Jalama Beach and I was really impressed with the place. There is a great playground for the little ones, a very nice store and clean restrooms...and of course, the beach! The rangers are there all day and after 10:00 p.m. they insist on quiet, no loud parties. Very enjoyable stay.


 COMMENT 202403 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 09:22 AM

Jalama is ok but there are also some serious negatives. If you go there be prepared for the most ridiculous system of campsite distribution you will ever experience. Get there EARLY in the morning and then wait most of the day to see if you are lucky enough to get one.

It can also get incredibly windy there. The burgers and the beach are great though.


 COMMENT 202415 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 09:32 AM

Anywhere on either coast in Baja Mexico. Just make sure you go 100 miles past Ensenada.


 COMMENT 202452P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 10:44 AM

Corner of Puerto Vallarta and Orilla del Mar, across from Tri-County Produce.


 COMMENT 202464P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 11:19 AM

Casitas lake is very close.


 COMMENT 202474 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 11:38 AM

Ooh, Lake Casitas is horrible -- campsites jammed close together, no privacy, no greenery, crowded, noisy. 'Course it was 102 when I stayed there, which might have affected the experience... Cachuma is much nicer. If your trailer was smallish and could negotiate mountain roads, Figueroa Mountain and Mt. Pinos area have lovely forest campsites. Otherwise, agreed that El Cap, Refugio, San Simeon, Big Sycamore are good choices.


 COMMENT 202481 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 11:50 AM

El Cap, Refugio (concrete, but you're ON the beach pretty much), the sites on 154 (paradise, fremont, etc). If you are very concerned with noise, be aware that on busy weekends, like 4th of July or Labor Day, it'll be a bit crazier than usual. If you are concerned, get a site close to the camp hosts - if the noise bugs you, it'll likely bug them, too.


 COMMENT 202501 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 12:46 PM

The Santa Ynez River or Lake Cachuma.


 COMMENT 202513 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 01:03 PM

Lopez Lake campground or Biddle Park both out east of Arroyo Grande. Also Oceano lagoon, next to the airport. weekdays would be quieter than weekends.


 COMMENT 202519 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 01:17 PM

RE: 20245 anywhere in Baja. There is a super campground at Villa de San Miguel , which is at Km 99, just sixty miles from the border. It is about seven miles north of Ensenada, so close to shops and restaurants. There is also a restaurant and bar and convenience store above the campgrounds. There is great surfing and lots of on shore fishing. There is an estuary lagoon on one side and kids and pets enjoy that. It is never crowded so one can always find a good spot. And many speak English in this area.


 COMMENT 202529P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-10 01:56 PM

Lake Cachuma


 COMMENT 202855P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-11 10:40 AM

artemisia, I said close, not nice. Good for a trial run, though. Even for a day would be okay. Just watch out for ticks, they are just waiting on a wisp to jump on, and they usually travel in two's. It is disgusting.


 COMMENT 202857P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-08-11 10:43 AM

Why not keep it real and go tent camping. If you have young children, you kinda owe it to them.



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